I cannot believe this day is here.
It’s so surreal to be telling you this—to know I have this secret, this surprise, this thing I’ve been working on for so long, and that I’m about to get to share it with you.
Because I just can’t wait any longer, I’m going to just cut to the chase.
My very first book is coming out on November 10th.
This November 10th, not next year, this year. That’s less than a month away. Can you believe it?
I simultaneously want to laugh, and sob, maybe throw up, and definitely pop open a bottle of champagne thinking about sharing this story with you.
I’ve mentioned this book and the story it contains at different points in the past few years, but it wasn’t finished until recently.
But here we are: it’s finished, it’s happening soon, it’s coming out in an eBook format, and the best part is… it’s absolutely free.
The book is called The Lipstick Gospel: A story about finding God in heartbreak, the Sistine Chapel, and the perfect cappuccino.
The story of The Lipstick Gospel begins with the first time I ever saw scripture from the Bible. It wasn’t in church, it wasn’t at a camp, or on a billboard somewhere. The first time I ever saw scripture was on a mirror in my sorority house, written in lipstick.
The scripture was Habakkuk 1:5, which goes like this:
“Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed. For I’m going to do things in your days that you wouldn’t believe, even if you were told.”
Yes, I know, in context that verse is God talking about destroying a whole people group, or a town, or something. It’s not a happy verse, necessarily.
But it always was for me, because the way God used it in my life was as a promise. It was a hint, a sliver of an idea that God might have an idea for my life that was be better than what I was doing on my own.
The Lipstick Gospel is about how God took my stubborn, sloppy, broken heart and rewrote my story. It’s a memoir of a season of my life, the season that changed me more radically and completely than any other season I’ve ever gone through.
It’s a travel memoir, a pilgrimage of sorts, with my biggest lessons and most drastic transformation happening in Spain, France, Italy, Costa Rica, and Ghana.
I love this story with everything in me, partially because I am the main character and got to live it, but it’s more than that.
I truly believe that this is the story God gave me to tell. This is the thing He told me to do with my life: to use the story of what He’s done in my life as an example of what He can do in yours.
That’s what testimonies are, and why I think they’re so impactful. They’re examples of God’s work, what He can do in our lives when we hand over the map and the reigns.
The things He can do with your life will blow your mind—I know from experience—and that’s what this book is all about.
Writing this book has been quite the process. For one thing, writing a book is a totally different story than writing a blog post. In fact, this book is the equivalent of 35 of my blog posts, and that’s a LOT.
Also, this book is super close to my heart. Not only are these my words, and my thoughts on paper for all to read, this is the tenderest story I have to share. This is the story of how I both lost myself and found myself, of how I became a person I was actually proud to be, a person I actually liked.
To write this book, in a lot of ways I had to re-live this story, all the details I had forgotten, and all the details I was happy to have forgotten. I had to mine through my memory to write this book, search through old journals, and re-read old prayers. And if you’ve ever excavated your past like that, you know it’s a painful process.
But I’m beaming with pride at the result. The result is the story of both the end and beginning of my life—the best proof I have that God is unbelievably forgiving, intimately personal, and wildly exciting. I hope this book meets you right where you need it, wherever that might be.
So… without further ado, I’m SO happy to announce that my first book will be available right here on November 10th.